Kira Lerner, reporter for The Appeal, has covered politics, voting, civil rights, and criminal justice issues. Her coverage of voting has helped to expose suppressive laws across the country. She is an inaugural fellow with Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights. She has also covered legal issues for Law360 and has worked for the Chicago Innocence Project, where her investigative reporting helped to free a wrongfully convicted man who was serving a life sentence in an Illinois prison. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.